Animals Reader The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings

ISBN-10: 1845204700

ISBN-13: 9781845204709

Edition: 2007

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Description: The study of animals - and the relationship between humans and other animals - is now one of the most fiercely debated topics in contemporary science and culture. Animals have a long history in human society, providing food, labour, sport and companionship as well as becoming objects for exhibit. More contemporary uses extend to animals as therapy and in scientific testing. As natural habitats continue to be destroyed, the rights of animals to co-exist on the planet - and their symbolic power as a connection between humans and the natural world - are ever more hotly contested.The Animals Readerbrings together the key classic and contemporary writings from Philosophy, Ethics, Sociology, Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Environmental Studies, History, Law and Science. As the first book of its kind,The Animals Readerprovides a framework for understanding the current state of the multidisciplinary field of animal studies. This anthology will be invaluable for students across the Humanities and Social Sciences as well as for general readers.

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Book details

List price: $39.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 3/15/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 448
Size: 7.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.90" tall
Weight: 1.848
Language: English

Linda Kalof is Professor of Sociology at Michigan State University and author of Looking at Animals in Human History and editor of The Animals Reader: The Essential Classic and Contemporary Writings.

Linda Kalof is Professor in the Dept of Sociology at Michigan State University. She is author of Looking at Animals in Human History and co-editor of The Earthscan Reader in Environmental Values and the forthcoming major multi-volume works, A Cultural History of Animals and A Cultural History of the Human Body. Amy J. Fitzgerald is on the faculty in the Dept of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada, and author of Animal Abuse and Family Violence.

List of Illustrations
Prologue: Animals
Editorial Introduction
Animals as Philosophical and Ethical Subjects
Introduction
The History of Animals
Principles of Morals and Legislation
In Defense of Slavery
Animal Liberation or Animal Rights?
The Rights of Humans and Other Animals
Moral Status of Animals
Becoming-Animal
Further Reading
Animals as Reflexive Thinkers
Introduction
An Apology for Raymond Sebond
From the Letters of 1646 and 1649
Speaking for Dogs
Wild Justice and Fair Play: Cooperation, Forgiveness, and Morality in Animals
Grief Sadness, and the Bones of Elephants
Orangutan Cultures and the Evolution of Material Culture
Further Reading
Animals as Domesticates, "Pets" and Food
Introduction
The Hunter-Gatherer Prehistory of Human-Animal Interactions
Animal Planet
Animal Pets: Cruelty and Affection
The Eating of Flesh
Brave New Farm?
The Sexual Politics of Meat
The Promotion of "Meat" and its Consequences
Further Reading
Animals as Spectacle and Sport
Introduction
Combats of Elephants
On Being Human in the Bullfight
Dogfighting: Symbolic Expression and Validation of Masculinity
Zoo Spectatorship
Hunting and Humanity in Western Thought
Further Reading
Animals as Symbols
Introduction
Why Look at Animals?
The Totemic Illusion
Animals as Tradition
What is the Postmodern Animal?
The Illumination of the Animal Kingdom: The Role of Light and Electricity in Animal Representation
Further Reading
Animals as Scientific Objects
Introduction
The Brown Dog Riots of 1907
Into the Laboratory
Hybrid Geographies: Rethinking the "Human" in Human Geography
Dolly's Body: Gender, Genetics and the New Genetic Capital
Cyborgs to Companion Species: Reconfiguring Kinship in Technoscience
Further Reading
Index
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